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    In addition to providing value for wildlife, mangroves, beaches and dunes also help protect homes and inland habitats from storm damage.

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    Estuaries, where fresh water, often from rivers, enters semi-enclosed bodies of salt water, are some of our most productive ecosystems. Oysters, clams, shrimp, and many other species of marine vertebrates and invertebrates thrive in estuarine waters, as do the myriad bird species that prey upon them.

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    Coastal forests, commonly containing oaks, pines, and/or palms, provide habitat for upland species like this scrub jay and other such as the red cockaded woodpecker, white tailed deer, and pine snake.

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    Beaches and dunes are home to threatened species such as the marsh rabbit, beach mice, snowy plovers, and gopher tortoises, and provide nesting sites for shorebirds and sea turtles.

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    Many commercially and recreationally valuable species of fish like this redfish or spotted seatrout, tarpon and snook depend on sea grass, mangroves, or salt marsh for part or all of their life cycles.

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    Seagrass, mangroves, salt marshes, beaches, dunes, coastal forests and estuaries are important coastal ecosystems. Each provides breeding and nursery grounds, food, and cover for a wide variety of animals.

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    Sea-level rise may have significant effects on Florida’s coastal ecosystems. These ecosystems are the foundation upon which much of Florida’s natural beauty and economy are based. Understanding what changes may happen in the future can help us plan for those changes and, to the extent possible, lessen the impacts of those changes.

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    Sea-level rise is already having an effect in Florida. Subtle, and not so subtle, changes are being noticed especially by people who live, work and play at the coasts.

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    Conserve beach plants and animals. You'll find lots of colorful and attractive plants growing along our coast. Don't pick them. They are essential for wildlife habitat and for holding beaches together.

  • Estuary boating

    When boating, avoid shallow water where the boat's propeller can disturb habitat of bottom dwellers, observe speed limits in no wake zones, repair all fuel and oil leaks promptly.

  • Dirty water

    Floridians put about 7 million gallons of oil into the environment each year by pouring it down storm drains, tossing it in the garbage, or simply dumping it into the ground. Collect used oil and antifreeze and take them to a collection center, garage or recycling center. Use only non-phosphate detergents to wash your car, and wash your car in the grass so soap is not washed into the storm system.

  • Sprinkler

    If you use automatic sprinklers, install a soil moisture sensor and water your lawn only as often as needed. Adjust sprinklers to reduce runoff from the yard. Don't allow sprinklers to put water on driveways or sidewalks.

  • Clean up the coast

    Get involved and clean the coast during the International Coastal Cleanup. Each year on the third Saturday in September, more than 10,000 Floridians volunteer for a one-day cleanup of the Sunshine State's coastline.

  • Practice Estuary-Safe Yard Care

    Choose the right plants for your location--they will use less fertilizer and water. If you need fertilizer, use it sparingly, and use the slow-release type. Contact your extension agent for safe alternatives to pesticides.

  • Think Before Pouring

    Think before you pour household cleaners, paint or prescription medicine down the drain. It all ends up in the water.

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A commercial fishing boatRecreational and commercial fisheries are multi-billion dollar industries in Florida. Increasing demands for both high-quality seafood products and memorable recreational fishing opportunities have placed increased pressure on the stocks of finfish and shellfish species which inhabit the coastal waters of Florida. This increase pressure creates a need for more effective fisheries management programs.

In addition to collaborating with fisheries managers, Florida Sea Grant:

By focusing on the wise use of Florida’s fisheries resources, we can help ensure that these resources can be appreciated by generations to come.

Faculty and Staff

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Kai Lorenzen
Specialist
fisheries

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Betty Staugler
Extension Agent
Charlotte County
fisheries

Lisa Krimsky

Lisa Krimsky
Extension Agent
Miami-Dade County
fisheries

Bill Lindberg

Bill Lindberg
Specialist
artificial reefs

Bryan Fluech

Bryan Fluech
Extension Agent
Collier County
fisheries

John Stevely

John Stevely
Extension Agent, Emeritus
fisheries

 

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